It’s no secret that the US presidential election is a little off the wall this year. On the Republican side, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, two certainly non-establishment politicians have been leading the show. On the Democratic side, the establishment candidate Hilary Clinton has had her fair share of difficulty with Bernie Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont.
Before this election cycle was kicked into gear, the Koch Brothers, infamous for “buying politicians”, were expected to spend a fair chunk of money on the elections. While they backed several candidates, their favorites seemed to have been Governor Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. However, because of the utter failure of establishment Republican candidates, it seems that the Koch Brothers have decided to save their money, at least for now.
The two have decided to cease funding ads and focusing on the Presidential election. Instead, their foundation and partners have been advised to fund more “fertile ground” in state governments and senatorial races. There, they have scored considerable victories against Labor groups and Green groups.
Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and Concerned Veterans for America, all funded by the Koch Brothers, have spent over 4 million dollars in the last month supporting Republican Senate candidates in Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The issue of money in politics is one which every America who cares about Democracy and freedom should pay attention to. It is clear that special interest groups such as the Koch brothers are working hard to ensure that the establishment stays in place and the status quo does not change. This is all while Americans are more and more fed up with their government, a sentiment which has built up into the circus of a presidential race that we see today.
By Olivia Walker – DontComply.com
I have been an author and journalist for over 10 years, my writing passions include politics and modern culture.
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